We have had an excellent experience at St. Raymond's overall for the past 10 years as our oldest daughter attended from PS through 8th grade. We currently have a 1st grade student and in a few years our youngest will be attending. The school community is wonderfully supportive, the present leadership caring, effective and great at keeping up with current standards and looking for new ways to do so. The teachers are overall wonderful and great at what they do. We're very happy with our choice.
Regarding homework, there is a fair amount, but not overwhelming. There is often time in class to do work, and the students who use this time effectively have days where they can get everything done during the school day and free up their evenings for family time and activities.
If you are looking for a sense of community, enrichment and involvement, then St. Raymond is the school for you. At St. Raymond, it's not just about your child going to school and academics, it's much bigger than that. The schools motto is Faith, Academic Excellence and Service. Your child should leave St. Raymond for high school a more caring person with a strong sense of values and compassion for others, and with the foundation and tools they need to be successful in high school and life. Beyond the school day, there are many opportunities for you and your child to get involved -- band, choir, athletics, clubs, service projects, school paper & yearbook, Quiz Bowl, dances, and more. There something for every student and family to get involved with in the school community.
We have 5 children that have all attended or are attending St Raymond. My 2 children that have graduated were very prepared for High School and did very well on placement tests and standardized tests. My children still currently there are given great opportunities to achieve high level learning and explore many other extracurricular interests like Quiz bowl, singing at school masses, the Musical, and many athletic teams. Teachers are caring and principals have what is best for the students character development always first in mind.
Daughters went from P3 - 8th grade. Both were very well prepared for high school both academically and socially. Great teachers, strong sense of community, lots of ways to be involved - athletics, music, church, academic clubs, community.
Great education and great community where people really care about each other and their kids. I've repeatedly heard that St. Raymond's kids are better academically prepared for high school than average.
We love the community experience at St. Raymond. It is a busy school that has a fair amount of students in each grade - not too many, but also not so few that they're isolated when they move on to HS.
One of my children has unique special needs (hearing loss) and the teachers have made the best efforts to care, accommodate, go above and beyond.
**The parent that reported 7 principals in 10 years is incorrect, if not exaggerating. I've been here in that timeframe as well ... there have been four. First principal followed the pastor that was re-assigned, second one needed to be replaced, third left for family obligations. Love the current principal. She comes from a strong Catholic and public school background and has the ever-changing technology needs at the forefront of her goals.
Was a great school years ago. 7 Principles in the last 10 years and 3 Pastors have left this school without any Leadership to speak of. We had to pull our kids from the school because the teachers were just terrible.